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March 6, 2020

China IMO 2020 Rules Could Pose Issues, Enforcement Slows

Partner Hongjun Zhang, Ph.D., was quoted in a TradeWinds article explaining the effects of the COVID-19 virus on the enforcement of China's IMO 2020 plan, which prohibits ships from using high sulfur fuel within 12 miles of the country's coast. He explains that the spread of the virus has decreased authorities' abilities not only to enforce regulations but also to draft new ones.

"[It is] a difficult time for them to do inspections and such and such. Not just for this rule, but other regulations as well,” Mr. Zhang said. “I don’t think it’s because they are not serious about this rule, but it’s just because [of] the circumstance. They don’t have capacity to do so because of the virus.”

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